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No reasonable grounds for probing illegal sale of 48m barrels, Malami tells reps panel



Abubakar Malami, attorney-general of the federation and minister of justice, says he did not receive any document regarding a tip provided by a whistleblower regarding an alleged missing 48 million barrels of crude oil.

Malami made this known on Thursday when he appeared before the house of representatives ad hoc committee investigating the whistleblower’s claim.

In December 2022, the lower chamber resolved to probe the whistleblower’s claims that 48 million barrels of Bonny Light crude were illegally sold in China in 2015, as well as the insurance status of the cargo.

The resolution followed the adoption of a motion moved by Ibrahim Isiaka, a member of the house.

The alleged sale reportedly led to a loss of $2.4 billion in revenue.

Malami had appeared before the committee in April, saying the purported sale of the product was “baseless and unfounded”.


Making a second appearance on Thursday, Malami questioned the formation of an investigating committee by the national assembly, insisting there was no proof to support the claim made by the whistleblower.

“There were no reasonable grounds or suspicions justifying the evocation of the oversight function of the national assembly as per this matter is concerned,” he said.

“My basis of the conclusion was that the basic consideration that could have laid the foundation for either investigation, formation of a committee by the executive, or perhaps oversight by the national assembly was not there.

“There was an allegation of stolen crude, the facts relating to such an allegation with particular regard to the specification of the oil, the origin — if any was taken out of the country — to which country? The associated details of the transaction were not there.

“If a product is confiscated in China, which agency in China indeed confiscated the product? It was not there. This idea of embarking on an investigation or forming a committee by the executive or constituting a committee does not even arise. If you go to China, is it the anti-corruption agency, customs, or immigration you are approaching? No such details.

“The idea of any whistleblowing — if you are blowing a whistle, you should give adequate information as to what you are blowing. You cannot blow for nothing. There was no foundation for the formation of a committee.”


Speaking further, the AGF emphasised that there was no evidence on the matter, adding that his position on the tip was based only on the lack of evidence.

“No document was made available to me or my office relating to this product. I am talking of a document made available by the whistleblower or by the system,” Malami said.

“Even when I was invited by this committee, no single document was made available to me, just questions. As far as I am concerned, not a single document was made available to me in my capacity as the attorney-general of the federation for review.”


Arik Air removes CRJ 1000 from fleet, aircraft to be torn down




Arik Air says it has removed the CRJ 1000 aircraft from its fleet.

The CRJ 1000 is a twin-engined regional airliner with a capacity of 100 passengers.

In a statement issued on Friday, the airline said the development is due to the decision of JEM Leasing Limited, the owners of the CRJ 1000, and its financiers to sell the aircraft.

The airline said the buyer of the affected aircraft had also decided to tear it down.

Arik Air explained that as the lessee of the aircraft since 2014, it operated the aeroplane under a lease agreement with JEM Leasing Limited.

The airline, however, said that it had discontinued the operations of the CRJ aircraft in its fleet since 2019.

“Arik Air, Nigeria’s leading airline, wishes to notify the public of the decision of JEM Leasing Limited owners of the CRJ 1000 registered as 5N-JEE and its financiers Export Development Canada (EDC) to sell the airplane. We equally wish to notify on the decision of the buyer to tear down the plane,” the statement reads.

“Arik Air, as the lessee since 2014, operated the Aircraft pursuant to a lease agreement with JEM Leasing Limited. Arik discontinued operations of the CRJ fleet since 2019.

“Arik Air would like to assure all stakeholders, including passengers, partners, and the general public, that the decision by the owner and financier of the Aircraft will not impact Arik’s operations or compromise its commitment to providing safe, reliable, and convenient air travel services.”

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‘I went on my own to address allegations’ — Pauline Tallen speaks on EFCC quizzing




Pauline Tallen, former minister of women affairs, has opened up on her interrogation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over alleged corrupt enrichment.

BODEX BLOG reported that the ex-minister was at the zonal command of the anti-graft agency in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

Tallen was being questioned for allegedly misappropriating N2 billion from the African First Lady Peace Mission Project (AFLPM).

Reacting to the news in a statement issued on Saturday morning, Tallen said she was at the EFCC office on her “own accord” and wasn’t invited or arrested.

The former minister said she went to the office of the anti-graft agency to “address the very false allegations” recently made against her.

However, she did not provide details of the allegation.

“Owing to the respect for my former principal — Former President Muhammadu Buhari and his good office, I did not previously address the open allegation, however, it has now become necessary to do so,” the statement reads.

“Firstly, the decent & appropriate action, should this have been a genuine enquiry, would be to write to the Ministry for Women Affairs, to enquire about any funds sent to the Ministry.

“To immediately jump to the open without any proper formal correspondence is highly unprofessional, portrays a lack of respect for the Ministry of Women Affairs and is injurious to my person and character.

“Furthermore, I will like to state that there was no formal invitation from the anti-graft agency neither was I arrested.”

Tallen said “economic and political infrastructure” should be used to serve the nation and “not to be used as a tool for bias or intimidation”.

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EFCC grills ex-minister Pauline Tallen over diversion of N2bn




The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has grilled Pauline Tallen, former minister of women affairs, over alleged corrupt enrichment.

Tallen was questioned at the Abuja zonal command for allegedly misappropriating N2 billion.

Although details of the case against the ex-minister are still unclear, a source familiar with the probe said it involves funds from the African First Lady Peace Mission Project (AFLPM).

The initiative, conceived by Maryam Abacha, former first lady, is centred on promoting peace and harmony in Africa.

Newsmen could not immediately reach Wilson Uwujaren, spokesperson of the EFCC, for details of the probe.

Shortly before May 29, the EFCC had said it intends to go after then-outgoing governors and other public officials

On Thursday, the anti-graft agency invited Kayode Fayemi, former governor of Ekiti, over allegations of N4 billion misappropriation.

The probe is said to be connected to the handling of funds during his tenure.

Fayemi however said he was grilled on “a frivolous petition from a faceless group, the so-called Ekiti Patriotic Coalition”, adding that he “stands ready to cooperate fully”.

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